Actinopterygii (ray-finned fishes) > Anguilliformes
(Eels and morays) > Congridae
(Conger and garden eels) > Congrinae
Etymology: Gnathophis: Greek, gnathos = jaw + Greek, ophis = serpent (Ref. 45335); smithi: Named in honor of David G. Smith, well-known specialist on eels.
Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range
Marine; demersal; depth range 145 - 250 m (Ref. 41744). Subtropical
Southeast Pacific: Seamount located at the junction of the Nazca and Sala y Gómez ridges (Ref. 41744), Juan Fernández Is. with doubt about species identification (Ref. 41744).
Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
Max length : 41.1 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 41744)
Morphology | Morphometrics
soft rays: 148 - 177;
Vertebrae: 127 - 135. Median fins with dark margins; pores 7-15 of lateral line situated along upper margin of canal; eye large, 19.7-25.2% HL; lateral line system: supraorbital 6, infraorbital 8, postorbital 2, preopercular-mandibular 11, occipital commissure 3 (Ref. 41744).
Nocturnal, appears to be resistant to rotenone (Ref. 89357).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Karmovskaya, E.S., 1990. New species of conger eels from southeastern Pacific Seamounts. J. Ichthyol. 30(7):1-10. (Ref. 41744)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 123251)
CITES (Ref. 118484)
Threat to humans
Common namesSynonymsMetabolismPredatorsEcotoxicologyReproductionMaturitySpawningSpawning aggregationFecundityEggsEgg development
ReferencesAquacultureAquaculture profileStrainsGeneticsAllele frequenciesHeritabilityDiseasesProcessingMass conversion
Estimates based on models
Phylogenetic diversity index (Ref. 82805
= 0.5000 [Uniqueness, from 0.5 = low to 2.0 = high].
Bayesian length-weight: a=0.00063 (0.00029 - 0.00140), b=3.18 (2.99 - 3.37), in cm total length, based on LWR estimates for this (Sub)family-body shape (Ref. 93245
Trophic level (Ref. 69278
): 3.9 ±0.6 se; based on size and trophs of closest relatives
Resilience (Ref. 120179
): Medium, minimum population doubling time 1.4 - 4.4 years (Preliminary K or Fecundity.).
Vulnerability (Ref. 59153
): Low to moderate vulnerability (31 of 100) .